Road Rules wins Southern African Innovating Justice Boostcamp

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Zimbabwean driver-education platform Road Rules has been named winner of the Southern African Innovating Justice Boostcamp, walking away with EUR5,000 (US$6,000) in cash.

Disrupt Africa reported in August the Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) has announced seven regional semi-finalists from South Africa and Zimbabwe for its annual Innovating Justice Challenge.

The overall winner of the Boostcamp event was Zimbabwe’s Road Rules, presented by Tawanda Chikosi. Road Rules aims to educate drivers about the laws governing Zimbabwe’s highways, and to equip Zimbabweans with traffic laws and regulations to assist them in resisting bribes.

The startup secured the cash prize and a place at HiiL’s Justice Entrepreneur School (JES) in The Hague this December. The JES is a specialist business accelerator designed to aid justice innovations.

Joining Chikosi at the JES will be Samantha Ngcolomba of South Africa’s Lady Liberty, which has designed and built a mobile legal office which enables lawyers to visit remote areas and offer assistance around family law issues.

HiiL also plans to offer extra financial and logistic support for several regional semi-finalists who didn’t make it through the JES.

“We’ve been highly impressed with the quality of justice innovations that have come out of the Southern Africa region over the last year,” said Wilfried de Wever, head of the HiiL Justice Accelerator.

“Road Rules and Lady Liberty are two of the strongest startups we’ve seen globally. All of our semi-finalists are exceptional, however, and we hope to be able to increase our activity in the area to provide more entrepreneurs with more support and the tools they need to bring justice to all in the future.”

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